Staff writers, correspondents, stringers, freelancers and public relations officers working in both private and public sector working in Meru county have come together to form a club that will among other issues address the challenges facing the practice of journalism in Meru region and Kenya at large.
The Meru Press Association initiated by Mr. David Muchui of Nation Media Group is on the process of being fully registered and soon it will be up and running.
Muchui told, The Mashariki News, that in the recent years the media fraternity in Meru region has faced numerous challenges like harassment from sources, influence from politicians, poor remuneration and terms of service from employers, disunity among the journalists and generally unprofessionalism in the industry.
‘The profession is being taken to the dogs by investors who find out that the media industry is not a money tree. We want to involve professional bodies like the Media Council of Kenya and other stakeholders in efforts to have the best journalistic practice in the region’ Muchui said.
Muchui added that the membership of the association is on a voluntary basis and will be guided by a constitution that allows members to elect their leaders and draft laws that will guide the association to realize its vision.
For many years journalists working in print, electronic and online platforms working in Meru region have been facing difficulties in solving most problems facing them in their line of duty. This is a result of lack of unity and uncoordinated system of working.